Daddy Nickell

Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, father of 6, offers his "5 cents" worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the founder of, delivery room duds and daddy gear for dads, and the blog where he covers topics about parenting and the latest baby and kids gear, all from a Dad's perspective.

Tips for Engaging Children in Holiday Planning

The holidays are a great time to get kids involved with family activities, such as, gift shopping, decorating and helping with a meal. It builds excitement and allows them to be a part of something bigger than just their presents.  As a father to 7, I’ve learned how to incorporate the kids in our holiday festivities over the years. Here are a few ideas to share with your family: Let them make some of the decisions. If you have decorations...

November 28, 2013 Read Blog

The Dreaded…Blocked Duct

Does any mother-to-be even know about these things?? The painful, milk-limiting lumps that form when one of your ducts become blocked. Let me tell you, I became WAY too familiar with them. The first time I had a blocked duct it didn't hurt much…at the start. I just noticed that one of my breasts felt a little harder and tender to touch. I knew something was up when I would try to pump and a fraction of an ounce came out (that's when I...

November 27, 2013 Read Blog

7 Fun Christmas Crafts for Kids

What to do with the kids around Christmas time, other than have them write their wish lists and letters to Santa? Get them busy and helping you out! Who cares if the Christmas tree’s top half is bare. Kids want to get involved in all the preparations. We loved these Christmas ornaments and were inspired to find more fun Christmas crafts for kids. We searched the internet and found 7 fun Christmas crafts for kids that you can do together...

November 26, 2013 Read Blog

What to Look for in a Travel Rewards Credit Card

I have a confession to make: I am terrible with credit cards. Let me clarify before my mother freaks out: I don’t carry a balance (thankfully those days are over) but what I mean is that considering how many credit cards are in my wallet (both business and personal) I have never really had a card that ‘works’ for me until recently. I love to travel, and we have family that we visit in England, so some of my friends were surprised when I...

November 25, 2013 Read Blog

Week of November 22

This Friday I'd like to share with you the cover of our latest print issue. It's our last issue of 2013 and I just love how cute this little girl looks in her warm wooly hat. It's been a really great year for us and I'm really happy with the colours on this cover. Special thanks to Sarah from Sweet Grace Lifestyle Photography for providing the image. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Sandy  

November 22, 2013 Read Blog

Pie Week

How my week turned into pie week. I’ve been planning my meals lately. It takes a little pressure off figuring out what to make for dinner. We usually plan it as a family, so there is always something on the menu that everyone likes. It also helps with grocery shopping and taking things out of the freezer. When you plan ahead things do always work out better. Things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes Tuesday’s meal ends up...

November 22, 2013 Read Blog

Holly Madison: “Breastfeeding Was A Great Experience”

New mom Holly Madison is helping women reach their weight loss goals with the Holly Madison Diet. The former Girls Next Door star, 33, has teamed up with eDiets to create a custom diet plan and app for women who want to take control, eat well and stay healthy. Holly opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her former “unhealthy” eating habits, her 8-month-old “easy” daughter Rainbow, the benefits of breastfeeding and joys of motherhood,...

November 22, 2013 Read Blog

Creative Ways to Teach Kids Thankfulness

The holidays will soon be here, and parents everywhere are wondering how they can teach their kids how to express thankfulness on the holiday and beyond. Rather than just going around the table and saying a quick list of things they are grateful for, moms and dads want creative and unique "I'm Thankful For..." ideas that will get the kiddos in the spirit of giving thanks. Here are a few creative ways to teach kids to express thankfulness during...

November 21, 2013 Read Blog


Your otherwise calm baby has turned into a drooling, cranky, red-cheeked little crier. You watch as he is constantly biting, chewing and rubbing his gums with anything he can get his hands on. His own hands and fingers have taken up permanent residence in his mouth, and it seems that he can’t find relief. Break out the bubbly, your little toothless wonder has hit a major milestone — Teething. Teething is when your baby’s “baby”...

November 20, 2013 Read Blog

Breast Feeding Strikes

Sometimes, seemly randomly, babies decide to go on a nursing strike. It usually happens so quickly, and out of the blue, that moms are a bit shocked. “Everything was going so well, then little Jenny just rejected me,” is what a woman will proclaim. Nursing strikes are usually temporary but the mom needs to do some investigation work because there usually is a reason for the baby’s refusal of the breast. Here are the steps to take if the...

November 19, 2013 Read Blog

Just Dance Kids 2014

Video games. We love them in our house. I remember spending countless summer days trying to complete a level of a video game during my youth. Since my kids are still young (five and eight) we always go for an E rating and it hasn’t been a problem. Surprisingly, my kids have yet to play any video games with violent content. I think we’ve been lucky so far because I’m sure that some of my son’s friends are playing games that they...

November 18, 2013 Read Blog

Five Tips for Vacations with your Baby

As director of the Treasures child care center at Smugglers' Notch Resort, Shelly Schaffer sees many new parents who arrive at the resort feeling daunted by the new adventure of traveling and vacationing with their little ones. "At Treasures, we understand that traveling with an infant can offer special challenges," says Schaffer, "and we do everything we can to put both parents and babies at ease." Schaffer and her staff have years of...

November 18, 2013 Read Blog

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